Through Hardships To The Stars: Samsung Galaxy S8 + Review

Through Hardships To The Stars: Samsung Galaxy S8 + Review
Through Hardships To The Stars: Samsung Galaxy S8 + Review

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Smartphones are no longer surprising. The last couple of years, the flagships have largely been cosmetically different from each other. Even Apple has actually used the same iPhone 6 design concept for three years in a row.

The modular smartphone concept has unfortunately failed. They also almost stopped experimenting with materials. The curved edges and dual cameras have caught on, but that's still not enough. We can say that there is a slight crisis in the world of mobile device design. In times of stagnation, a good kick often helps. In 2017, that kick was the Galaxy S8 +.

I hate to try on the role of a Samsung marketer, but the S8 + is by far the most beautiful smartphone to date. Tales of envious people about "unnecessary" curved edges and mythical "parasitic glare" are nothing more than lies of people who either have not seen the new Galaxy at all, or turned it around in an electronics store with a skeptical face. The S8 + is the first smartphone in a long, long time that is perceived as something completely new. Not a touch-sensitive rectangle showing "pictures", but a smartphone from the future, which could lie in the pocket of the protagonist, say, "Minority Report".

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By getting rid of the bezels around the display, Samsung has gone beyond traditional mobile design. The new Galaxy's screen is called Infinite - infinite. Pathetic, but to the point: it occupies 84% ​​of the front panel, and therefore, using the new Galaxy, you feel as if you are holding one solid display in your hands. At the same time, Samsung not only got rid of frames, but subordinated virtually the entire design of the device to the “frameless” concept. The bends of the screen follow the shape of the rear glass cover, which makes the construction seem monolithic, although in fact it is imperceptibly separated by a metal frame. The iPhone 7 Plus feels like a shrunken "tablet" compared to the S8 +, downsized by the Nexus 7. Curves, by the way, the Korean smartphone is purely cosmetic, and although Samsung I also hung a number of functions on the side edge, such as quick access to favorite contacts, I never used it and eventually turned it off altogether.

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With a display diagonal of 6.2 (!) Inches, the S8 + is narrower than the iPhone 7 Plus and only slightly higher. Largely because the Galaxy screen has an unusual 18.5: 9 aspect ratio instead of the traditional 16: 9. Roughly speaking, it is elongated in height, and personally it seems to me that the future belongs to such a form factor. Firstly, almost all content for mobile devices is "vertical" - we scroll it from bottom to top, not left or right, so this is simply more convenient when reading the feed on social networks. Secondly, with a huge screen, the Galaxy S8 + is very narrow, and it's corny more comfortable to hold it in your hands.

It is worth saying that not all applications are yet adapted to the new format, so some of them will not occupy the entire screen, limited to the top by a black bar. Samsung provided a function for software stretching of the application interface, but unfortunately it did not work in the engineering test sample. The same problem with video: traditional 16: 9 videos get nasty black borders on both sides. But the same YouTube will automatically adjust the video to the screen if it is in the required format.

The problem is most likely temporary: if the new aspect ratio becomes the standard, soon all the latest videos on the network will be adapted to it.

The only gross miscalculation is the fingerprint scanner. It is located monstrously uncomfortable - next to the camera - which is not only too high, but also fraught with constant smudging of the lens. Plus, it is not very reliable - it works every other time, apparently because of its tiny size. Something tells me that Samsung originally wanted to build the scanner directly under the glass. This technology already exists, but the company simply did not have time to implement it on time. I had to urgently come up with a new place on the rear panel, and even so that nothing would interfere with the installation of the battery.

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To Samsung's credit, the company's engineers have tried to make the process of "moving" the scanner as painful as possible. Two alternative technologies are called upon to help your fingers at once: iris and face recognition. It's better to forget about the first one right away, here it works faster than in the Note 7, but the scanner still asks you to literally hatch into the screen, which looks incredibly comical. It's hard for me to imagine a person who will use it on an ongoing basis.

The second is face recognition, and at first I did not expect much from it. But in vain: the S8 + recognizes a face almost instantly, and it was this unlocking method that I used as the main one almost all the time I tested the smartphone. I took out the device, looked at the screen for half a second, it unlocked - convenient. The only significant drawback is that the technology hardly works in the dark for obvious reasons.

Regarding security: yes, it's really not as reliable as a fingerprint scanner, and yes, especially patient craftsmen can really unlock a smartphone by showing it your photo (I really didn't succeed with my photo). But when we lose a smartphone (or they simply steal it), it almost always ends up in the hands of strangers who don't have your photo and can't have it. So I personally used this method fearlessly.

This is talked about every year, but nothing has changed: the screen in the Galaxy S8 is still the best in the industry. Amazing color rendering (manually adjustable), endless black. The best IPS panel on the market in the iPhone 7 Plus falls short in almost every aspect.

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I was especially pleased with the sound: it feels better than in last year's Galaxy, loud, and even a built-in equalizer is provided. Plus, very good AKG headphones are included in the kit. Of course, they are not worth the declared one hundred dollars, but this is by far the best complete headset of all that I have ever tested.

But with performance everything is not so simple. On paper, the S8 + is the most powerful Android smartphone in the world. In practice, you cannot call him a record holder in terms of speed. The Russians got a version on Samsung's own processor, the Exynos 8895, and I still have the feeling that Samsung solved the "technical" problems by brute force, not optimization. It turned out imperfect: the S8 + is unlikely to infuriate you with slowdowns (although they happen, but for some reason only in the first two days), but you shouldn't expect any nimbleness of a ZTE Axon 7, Honor 8, or even more so Google Pixel. Everything works fine, but as if "reluctantly", not in a hurry.

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Perhaps the Samsung shell is still to blame, but - surprisingly - I don't want to scold it this time. The Galaxy interface, having moved to the seventh Android, has become much neater and cleaner: nice icons, a beautiful notification curtain, a harmonious color scheme, bright, but without "Asian" quirks. There are pre-installed applications, but I want to use them - for example, I liked the standard Samsung browser more than Chrome. This is the first smartphone on which I did not install Google Launcher, just leaving everything as it is.

There could be a paragraph about Bixby, Samsung's digital assistant, which is supposed to make your life easier, but it doesn't work in Russia. So the button on the left side of the smartphone is simply "idle", which is somewhat annoying.

The fact that the new flagship got the camera last year, Samsung fans lamented after the official announcement. Here, indeed, the same module as in the Galaxy S7, only the image processing algorithm has been improved. No dual cameras, portrait modes, or optical zooms - and that's really a cause for frustration. On the other hand, even so, the S8 + still has one of the best mobile cameras in principle, especially when it comes to shooting in low light conditions. On top of that, the photos for the G8 are softer - the obsessive "sharping" that builds "ladders" on the contours of objects has disappeared.

But the battery life, it feels, has become even a little worse. Galaxy S8 + barely survives until the end of the day, and this is not quite what you expect from a device for 60 thousand rubles. Fast charging saves in part, but the iPhone 7 Plus lives much longer. So, when preparing for the trip, do not forget to take the power bank with you: this time, you can not go anywhere without it.

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When it comes to the new Galaxy, I often hear that " Samsung tried hard this time " and the S8 + really turned out to be "the first Samsung smartphone to take." Because of what everything looks as if all these years the company did not do anything, and then suddenly pulled itself together, pulled up - and released a fantastic product. But this is not the case. In fact, the S8 + is a blue dream, to which Samsung has gone through hardships, armed with trial and error, and putting a target for stinging jokes on its chest. Large smartphones that Samsung introduced fashion to, teased with "shovels" and offered to sell in the store "Everything for the gardener". Now you won't find a smartphone less than five inches with fire, and why do you need it? Early AMOLED matrices were green and too toxic - now these are the best screens on the market, outstripping their closest competitors by a couple of steps. Curved edges were teasing uncomfortable, glass cases impractical. Now what? See who the Chinese are copying and you will see who is setting trends.

Samsung has stubbornly moved forward. Either because of banal stubbornness or pride, or really seeing what everything will eventually turn into. Be that as it may, the company can open champagne: the Galaxy S8 + is by far the best smartphone on the market.

Not perfect - but the best.>

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